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Jimcin

Portsmouth, RI, USA

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  • Sons and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    Sons and Lovers was the first of Lawrence's major works, and is still considered to be one of his best. The 1913 novel, partly autobiographical and set in the coalmining village of Bestwood, is notable for being the first English novel to be genuinely working-class in origin and focus.

    Jimcin says: "Great book and good reading"
    "Great book and good reading"
    Overall

    It always amazes me that people can have such incredibly diverse opinions of the same book. You'd think good was good and bad was bad but... a guess a lot is in the eye ( or ear in this case ) of the beholder. Anyway, I totally agree with the last reviewer ("I believe the narrator's style and pacing works well") - the narrator was very laid back, but that's exactly what was needed. Overdramatizing would have ruined it. This is a reading not an overdone performance and, as such, it is done very well.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Stephanie says: "Will this book be our mutual friend?"
    "The usual Dickens - wonderful!"
    Overall

    I listened to this book ( same reader ) on cassetes before I discovered Audible. Trying to juggle more than twenty cassettes on the car seat was quite an experience. But the book made it all worth it. In the future, though, I'm glad to say my tiny little Otis will take the place of all those cassetes. Anyway - No one can create charactors like Dickens - not then and not now. A wonderful book and a very good reading.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Here's a question that may be on the mind of many an investor interested in the recent IPO of the Internet company, Ask Jeeves: Who is Jeeves? A butler by profession, Jeeves is the inimitable gentleman's gentleman. And no cause has ever been lost while Jeeves was around, and in this uproarious novel the mastermin

    Jimcin says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Frederick Davidson is the ultimate Jeeves reader. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Hur

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lew Wallace
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Ben-Hur could be said to be the first American blockbuster. When it was published in 1880, it sold over two-million copies and was translated into numerous languages. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this reading shows, the story, together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose, make it ideally suited to audio.

    Jimcin says: "Use the sample"
    "Use the sample"
    Overall

    I always listen to the sample reading before downloading the book. I don't want any big surprises. I've come across some "big name" readers who, for one reason or another did not sound very good - so I didn't get those books. Try before you buy!
    In the case of Ben Hur, ok, I'm from New England, so the slight Yankee accent was rather comforting. And, accent or not, I thought the reading itself was very well done and the book quite inspiring. A big "thumbs up" from me.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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